We had the good fortune of connecting with Roy Williams, Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Roy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Acting is my passion, something that I truly live for, it’s also an extremely challenging line of work. The number of rejections, notes, and overall experiences is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks and reevaluate their decision to pursue this career path. But, because of the unwavering support from my family and friends and their belief in my abilities, I am able to continue working hard every day, to achieve even more success. And I celebrate that success, with the people I love most – because I really wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their love and support.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We’ve seen the industry slowly evolve in recent decades, with an acceleration over the last two years brought on by the historic social justice movement across the country. It’s exciting to see more opportunities for people of color in the industry, from actors and writers to directors and producers. Their combined work and efforts will help reflect the diversity that is America on the small and big screens.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in the South Bay, I’d like to start off with a few favorites
– Hermosa Beach: visit the pier and take a walk on the strand. There are always a lot of people walking, biking, rollerblading – it’s a lot of fun! And, treat yourself to breakfast or brunch at Good Stuff. For afternoon/dinner, American Junkie is a family favorite.

– Manhattan Beach is beautiful and I take the family in town to a nice dinner at the Strand House. It’s also my wife and I’s unofficial wedding anniversary spot

– Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) is a visitor favorite! The coastline is so beautiful, we pack a big lunch and have a picnic near Point Vincent Lighthouse. The sunsets there never get old. Another spot to see in RPV is Wayfarers Chapel. My daughter thinks it’s from a fairy tale.

– I typically take everyone who visits LA to The Broad. The collection is so impressive and the experience is great each time. We head over to Grand Central Market to grab lunch.

– Finally, two favorites – the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum (and the Rose Garden when it’s open). Family members are always so impressed with both, they offer memorable experiences!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes – my wife, Tina. She has been there for me for all of my highs and lows. Celebrating the accomplishments and guiding me away from the pull of discouragement. Her support helps me to push through all of the bumps in the road, I couldn’t do this without her.

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Image Credits
Netflix Set Photo by: Roy Williams, Jr. All other photos by: Matt Kallish

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